NeoCon 2018 Best Products

Even when you have the winners, it’s difficult to ignore all of the other thousands of brilliant new designs and innovations showcased at this year’s NeoCon 2018. From office desks, tables and seating, to textiles, accessories and flooring materials, top manufacturers delighted and inspired the event attendees with their latest offering — especially those considered as one of NeoCon 2018 best products. Selected from Interior Design Magazine’s list of standout products, here are 25 of our favorites.

NEOCON 2018 BEST PRODUCTS

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Top 5 Commercial Office Furniture Trends – 2018 NeoCon

NEOCON REVEALS TOP COMMERCIAL OFFICE FURNITURE TRENDS 2018

Over 50,000 attendees squeezed into Chicago’s Merchandise Mart a couple weeks ago, among a dizzying array of showrooms and overwhelming elevator lines, on the first day of NeoCon 2018 on June 11th. As the most important event of the year for commercial office furniture, NeoCon celebrated its 50th anniversary this month, maintaining its reputation as the world’s leading platform for commercial design innovation and networking. This year, the event showcased the industry’s newest and greatest in product designs and technological innovations. Over 500 leading companies were represented in areas of furniture, textiles, building materials, lighting, wall coverings, floor coverings, outdoor products, accessories and more.  Every year, we look to NeoCon for the newest wave of commercial design and technological trends as we move forward to the future. Here are this year’s NeoCon’s top commercial office furniture trends 2018.

BIOPHILIC DESIGN

Greenery is everywhere, especially at NeoCon 2018. Studies have shown that biophilic design, which embraces a love of life and the living world, improves productivity and happiness in the workplace. And this trend, which has sprouted in recent years, continues to gain popularity and bring the outdoors in.

COLORS GALORE

Our love for rich, vibrant colors seems to have broadened, even into the brilliant radio-active and fluorescents hues. From seating and lounge furniture, to accessories, panels and acoustic media, there is definitely no fear of color in our bright future.

LUXURIOUS FABRICS AND TEXTURE

The shift from the traditional office workspace to resimerical in the past few years to create more comfortable, collaborative areas to work in welcomed luxuriously soft and plush materials back into the scene. From quilted fabrics and faux fur, to velvet and mohair, the work environment is definitely moving toward a softer feel, especially in lounge furniture and acoustic features.

ACOUSTIC SOLUTIONS

As we continue to break down walls to create a more modern open plan for our offices, ambient sounds and noise become a top priority to tackle to promote continued productivity. More and more, we’ll be seeing exciting innovations in acoustic panel solutions and designed private spaces.

BACK PAINTED GLASS

A refreshing trend against the backdrop of biophilic design, natural wood finishes and textured fabrics at NeoCon 2018 was back painted glass. Glossy and vibrant back painted glass surfaces gleamed in festive colors and patterns, especially in sleek conference table tops, hinting of a more modern or contemporary design aesthetic we may be seeing in years to come.

Read Top 9 Commercial Office Furniture Trends – 2017 NeoCon

NeoCon 2018 Winners

CONTRACT MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES NEOCON  2018 WINNERS

The Best of NeoCon is Contract Magazine’s annual competition, sponsored by NeoCon and The McMorrow Reports. The competition surveys the best of the best in commercial design and this year, the NeoCon 2018 winners were announced on Monday, June 11 at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago where an awards breakfast was hosted by Contract Magazine. 81 awards were distributed from 374 entries in 41 product categories, including eight Innovation Awards and a Best Competition Award. Drumroll please!—Here are the Best of NeoCon 2018 winners:

ACOUSTIC PANELS & SOLUTIONS

Gold: Unika Vaev: ecoustic™ Sculpt Ceiling Tiles
Silver: ROOM: ROOM One
Innovation: Scandinavian Spaces: Pixel

ARCHITECTURAL & DECORATIVE GLASS

Editors’ Choice: Skyline Design: Linework Glass Collection

ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS

Gold: Clarus Glassboards: Glide
Silver: Carvart: glassENCLOSE

CARPET: BROADLOOM

Gold: Tarkett/Tandus Centiva: Velvet Fringe Series
Silver: Bentley Mills: The Drawing Room Collection

CARPET: FIBER

Gold: Mohawk Group: Heathered Hues

CARPET: MODULAR

Gold: Shaw Contract: Haven
Silver: Patcraft: Dichroic
Editors’ Choice: Milliken: Textured Sky

CASE GOODS

Gold: Three H: Woodstock
Silver: Gunlocke: Silea EH

CONFERENCE ROOM FURNITURE

Gold: Okamura: Traverse Satellite
Silver: Tuohy Furniture Corporation: Duende Tables

EDUCATION SOLUTIONS

Gold: Allsteel: Rock Chair
Silver: SitOnIt Seating: Movi

FLOORING: HARD-SURFACE

Gold: Tarkett/Johnsonite: Pentagonals
Silver: Shaw Contract: Natural Choreography

FURNITURE: BENCHING

Gold: Knoll Inc: Rockwell Unscripted Sawhorse WorkBench
Silver: Knoll Inc: k. bench

FURNITURE COLLECTIONS FOR COLLABORATION

Gold: Boss Design: ATOM
Silver: Keilhauer: Untucked
Innovation: Steelcase: Mackinac

FURNITURE SYSTEMS & ENHANCEMENTS

Gold: KI Furniture: Tattoo
Silver: Humanscale: Humanscale Monitor Arms

HEALTHCARE FABRICS & TEXTILES

Gold: Designtex: Surroundings
Silver: KnollTextiles: Between the Lines Collection

HEALTHCARE FLOORING

Gold: Tarkett/Tandus Centiva: Garden Walk
Innovation: Mohawk Group: Healthy Environments

HEALTHCARE GUEST & LOUNGE SEATING

Gold: Steelcase: Embold Collection
Silver: Herman Miller: Palisade Collection

HEALTHCARE PATIENT SEATING

Gold: Spec Furniture: Hardi Rocker

LIGHTING: DECORATIVE

Gold: Barbican: WEV Collection
Silver: BuzziSpace: BuzziHat

LIGHTING: DESKTOP/TASK, FURNITURE-INTEGRATED

Gold: Fräsch: Lysa
Silver: Humanscale: Nova

LOUNGE FURNITURE COLLECTIONS

Gold: Keilhauer: Untucked
Silver: Studio TK: Borough
Editors’ Choice: Geiger International: Reframe Lounge Furniture

OFFICE ACCESSORIES

Gold: Bretford Manufacturing: Juice Mobile Power
Silver: Teknion: tn Desktop Accessories & Personal Storage Collection

SEATING: BAR STOOLS

Gold: Andreu World: Duos Barstool
Silver: Allermuir: Axyl Stool

SEATING: BENCHES

Gold: Keilhauer: 141
Silver: Leland: Back Bench

SEATING: CONFERENCE

Gold: Keilhauer: Orign
Silver: Andreu World: Flex Armchair

SEATING: ERGONOMIC DESK/TASK

Gold: Herman Miller: Cosm
Silver: Nienkämper: Trench
Innovation: Steelcase: SILQ

SEATING: GUEST

Gold: Sandler Seating: Flat
Silver: JANUS et Cie: Nodi Armchair
Innovation: Allermuir: Axyl Chair
Editors’ Choice: Davis Furniture Industries: Tango

SEATING: SOFAS & LOUNGE

Gold: Davis Furniture Industries: Ginkgo Ply Lounge
Silver: Andreu World: Dado
Innovation: ICF: Land Lounge Chair

SEATING: STACKING

Gold: SitOnIt Seating: Movi
Silver: Groupe Lacasse: IO by United Chair

SPACE DIVIDERS/PARTITIONS/SCREENS

Gold: Carnegie: Xorel Vue
Silver: Spacesaver Corporation: Day-Use Lockers

SURFACING MATERIALS & FINISHES

Gold: Formica Group North America: Formica Infiniti® ColorCore®2
Silver: Crossville, Inc: Convergence

TABLES: COMMUNAL & TASK

Gold: Nienkämper: Vox Solid Wood Table
Silver: Nucraft Furniture: Preston

TABLES: HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE

Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Tia Collection
Silver: Nienkämper Gateway Movable Workstations

TABLES: OCCASIONAL

Gold: Andreu World: Reverse Stone
Silver: OFS Brands Inc: Roo

TABLES: TRAINING & WORK

Gold: Nucraft Furniture: Myne
Silver: HALCON: SkillSet

TECHNOLOGY-INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS

Silver: Naava: Naava Active Green Wall
Innovation: Teknion: Cerebro

TEXTILES: UPHOLSTERY

Gold: Designtex: Celliant
Silver: Luum Textiles: Tactility
Innovation: Luna Textiles: Endless
Editors’ Choice: Designtex: Designtex + Coalesse Collection

WALLS: MOVABLE

Gold: ALUR: ALUR Duo
Silver: Maars Living Walls: AXES

WALL TREATMENTS

Gold: KnollTextiles: Atmosphere Collection
Silver: NappaTile: Elodie Blanchard Collection

WORKPLACE TECHNOLOGIES

Gold: Jabbrrbox: JabbrrX
Silver: Smartblock Oy: Smartblock FD

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